Gannon University Welcomes 230 Wilson Middle School to its Campus

Posted: May 17, 2013

Gannon University will open its doors to more than 230 8th grade students from Wilson Middle School, at 9 a.m. on Friday May 17th, for a day-long educational visit. The students are all part of a national program, College for Every Student, (CFES) which focuses on three core practices: mentoring, leadership through service and creating pathways to college. The visit continues the efforts of Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability).

Gannon University's Office of Service-Learning, Community and Government Relations and Admmissions staff and student tour guides will be greeting the Wilson students and leading them around campus. In addition to the tour of campus, students will also be exposed to several collegiate experiences and activities such as: a visit to the Patient Simulation Center, located in the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences; theatre games and education located at the Schuster Theatre and meeting Gannon Student Athletes and enjoying lunch at the new student hang out, The Knight Club. Students will also hear speeches from the Financial Aid office covering financial aid/college topics that are appropriate for the age group such as; Did you know that you can get scholarships to go to school? or What do you think the typical day of a college student looks like?

Each Wilson student will receive Gannon tote, and wristband that says: Gannon University Go Knights! Students will also receive a FREE book donated through the program, Books for Kids, which provides free books to non-profits and schools who serve low -income, "at-risk" youth.

College For Every Student (CFES) is a nonprofit organization committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance of underserved youth so that they can prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college. CFES currently works with 200 rural and urban schools and districts in 24 states. Each school works with more than 50 CFES Scholars (low-income youth), most of whom would be first in their family to pursue higher education, to help them get to college and succeed there. - collegefes.org